Programme Coordinator (Immigration and Border Governance) At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Coordinator (Immigration and Border Governance)

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 04 January 2023

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and direct supervision of the Head of Programme and Policy Development and in close coordination with relevant parties, especially the Regional Thematic Specialist in the Regional Office Nairobi and Immigration and Border Governance (IBG) at headquarters, and the IOM Kenya IBG team in country, the Programme Coordinator (Immigration and Border Governance) will be responsible for leading all aspects of the IBG Programme management, coordination, implementation, and monitoring in the country.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Set-up, manage, coordinate, and ensure the timely and successful implementation of IOMKenya IBG Unit’s projects and activities, and develop, implement, and monitor the administrative and operational activities of IBG activities in Kenya.
  2. Backstop the budgetary, operational, and administrative management aspects for IOM Kenya IBG projects assigned, and serve as the key focal point for relevant IOM Units Kenya, Regional Office (RO), governmental authorities, donors, and project partners on all project related matters.
  3. Train and supervise the IBG team in implementing activities, in reporting, monitoring and evaluating and identify and implement improvements in project delivery and coordination.
  4. Stay up to date with IBG-related issues and developments in Kenya and the region as well as substantively contributing to the development of thematic reports and policies.
  5. Maintain liaison and conduct comprehensive consultations with relevant governmental counterparts, and other supporting stakeholders, on border management/control needs and priorities in support of the Government Kenya border authorities to strengthen national border and migration management structure.
  6. Ensure the design and implementation of contextualized capacity building activities in migration and border management, targeting relevant institutions, communities, and migrants as well as project staff.
  7. Provide technical advice on the expansion of the IBG portfolio, developing new IBG projects and contributing to fund raising efforts and initiatives.
  8. Provide advice, analysis and input to the Head of Programme and Policy Development and relevant stakeholders on all issues pertaining to migration and border management in Kenya.
  9. Ensure timely recruitment of staff and closely monitor staff performance, project progress, and ensure mainstreaming of gender according to IOM procedures and regulations.
  10. Undertake duty travel, as required related to project implementation, coordination, problem resolution, project development, staff training and liaison with partners.
  11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Information Management, Computer Science, Political or Social Science, International Law, Humanitarian Affairs, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in the field of migration issues, including operational and field experience, project development, and management and report writing;
  • Experience and background in border management and relevant project implementation;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions, UN and NGOs;
  • Experiences in conducting monitoring and evaluation (M&E), with good understanding of M&Etools and approaches;
  • Experience in writing training plans, statements of works, standard operating procedures and detailed instructions;
  • Working experience in East and Horn of Africa region is an advantage.


  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office package (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications HERE via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 04 January 2023 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: VN 2022 449 Programme Coordinator (Immigration and Border Governance) (P3) Nairobi, Kenya (57883204) Released

Posting: Posting NC57883205 (57883205) Released

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